What is PCOS? —  It is a condition where women  have irregular periods,  suffer from acne ( pimples), have extra facial hair, or suffer from  hair fall. Women suffering from this condition find it difficult to conceive. This condition occurs in 5% of all women. They are mostly overweight or obese.

Causes of PCOS — In  women, ovaries form a follicle every month which releases hormones.The ovary then releases an egg through a process called ovulation.

In women having PCOS, the ovary gives rise to multiple small follicles instead of one. This leads to hormonal imbalance which suppresses ovulation.

 Symptoms of PCOS — 

  • Lesser than 8 periods a year
  • Weight gain and obesity
  • Acne (oily skin and pimples on the face)
  • Male pattern of baldness
  • Unable to become pregnant without medical help
  • Male pattern of hair growth- chin, upper lip,chest,abdomen,side lock area.

Risk factors- Women with PCOS may have other health issues like Diabetes,High cholesterol,Heart disease, sleep apnoea.At idea clinics such women can be assessed and treated for other health disorders.

Tests performed — Your doctor or nurse at Idea Clinics will decide which tests you should have depending on your age, symptoms, and individual problems. Possible tests include:

  • Blood tests to measure hormone levels, blood sugar, and cholesterol
  • Pregnancy test if you missed your periods
  • Pelvic ultrasound – This test is done with sound waves which gives a picture of your uterus and ovaries.

Treatment of PCOS — Birth control pills are usually given to treat some of the symptoms like irregular periods,facial hair and acne.

Other treatments given by endocrinologists at Idea clinics for symptoms of PCOS are:

  • Anti-androgens,Progestin and Metformin form the basis of treatment for PCOS.
  • Medicated skin lotion or antibiotics to treat acne.
  • Referral for Laser therapy or electrolysis to remove unwanted hair.

Efforts by the patient- Losing at least 5% weight can improve your symptoms if you are overweight or obese. Dietitians and educators at Idea clinics will help you achieve your goal.

 Can Pregnancy occur? —  Most women with PCOS get pregnant with proper medication, diet control and exercise.They then lead normal lives.